This paper argues, on argument ellipsis in Japanese, that binding and control do not involve either Agree or Move. First, it is shown that neither an element participating in an agree relation (Saito (2007)) nor the copy of a moved element is eligible for argument ellipsis because they would lead to a non-convergent derivation without a proper interpretation. Given this, the eligibility of the Japanese reflexive zibun (self) and PRO for argument ellipsis shows that binding and control do not involve Agree or Move. It is highly likely that binding and control can be best characterized as instructions at the CI interface, as Chomsky (1993) suggests.
Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Robert E. Santana-LaBarge
Table of contents